Now that recreational weed is legal in Michigan, the sky’s the limit for people who want to get high without fearing that dreaded cop-knock on their door. (Keep in mind that marijuana is still not legal under the federal law.) Or so it seems. Because while it may be legal to smoke pot and use marijuana-derivative products, that doesn’t mean it’s a free-for-all. Or that there won’t be serious consequences for certain people. Worried? You might need to be. Let’s take a look…
Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s for everyone.
In this case, “legal” doesn’t mean anyone, anywhere, anytime. There are very serious restrictions on who can use marijuana now that it’s been legalized under Michigan law, for recreational use. For example:
- No one under the age of 21 may use recreational marijuana at any time, for any reason.
- If your job says you can’t get high, then you are at risk of losing your job if you smoke pot or use pot-products, even although it’s now legal.
- If you’re involved in a court-ordered substance abuse program you will not be allowed to consume marijuana (unless you are a medical marijuana patient with a legitimate prescription from a doctor)
- If you’re on parole or probation, and the judge has ordered that sobriety is part of your conditions (which drug testing will track) then you cannot smoke weed or consume canna-products.
Which brings us to the issue of CBD oil…
Cannabidoil, commonly called CBD oil, is actually a compound derived from the marijuana plant (hemp), just like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike THC, which is what makes you high when you smoke pot, CBD oil has numerous claimed health benefits, which is why it’s used in medical grade marijuana products (Plus it doesn’t make you stoned, which makes it perfect for treating specific conditions in children and people who don’t enjoy the feeling of being high.)
CBD oil is often used to treat:
- Nausea and vomiting (making it a useful choice for cancer / chemo patients)
- Shrinking the growth of certain cancers and tumors
- Neurodegenerative effects (like Alzheimer’s disease)
- Certain forms of epilepsy in children
- Anxiety and other social disorders
- Certain skin conditions
But if CBD oil is clearly medicinal in use, and doesn’t get you high, surely it shouldn’t cause you to lose your job or get into trouble with the court, right? Surely if you’re just using it to treat a medical condition and not to get wasted, it shouldn’t count against you? Join us next time to find out.
Marijuana is still a tricky subject in Michigan
Despite the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana under Michigan law, there are still grey areas in the law, and aspects of the new legislation that many people don’t understand. This leads to complications when people make mistakes, and misunderstand what’s allowed and what isn’t. (The unfortunate truth is that some of the people most likely to benefit from the legalization of marijuana, are the people who’re least likely to take the time to understand the laws.)
If you’ve been accused of breaking the law when it comes to recreational marijuana, or any other kind of drug crime in Michigan, you’re going to need help from top drug crime defense experts. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at The Kronzek Firm have been helping people protect their rights and their futures for many decades, and we can help you too. Call 866 766 5245 (866 7No Jail) today and get help from someone who understands what you’re up against.